At last! ( writes Lynda,) Something I do know a bit about. The original Anchor cow advert with the dancing cows used a cow from Jersey Manor Farm at Somerton in Oxon. We used to take groups of pensioners for afternoon cream tea at the farm - huge bowls of thick golden cream and home made scones and jam - They used just one cow, and I have no idea who did the training, but it was taught to dance. Evidently took some time, and as far as I remember, only got paid for the loss of milk yield . As far as I know, they've still got their Jersey herd.
Thanks for the confirmation that the Anchor butter advert is a fraud. They have to use well cared for, healthy looking British cows to promote a product. I can only assume that NZ cows are not good enough for the job. Either they are less intelligent or they don't look very good! Which all goes to prove that you can't beat a British farmer when it comes to animal welfare and stockmanship!
The EU must stop draining the UK of cash or the UK must take steps to save itself so that the original genetics of most of the dairy and beef breeds are preserved in our own country - the country of origin. Over half the beef animals in the world have a white face which came from the Hereford, the Channel Island breed are the backbone of NZ dairy herds and the good old British Friesian was developed from crossing the Dutch black and white onto our dual purpose Shorthorns. Right now I don't know of anyone breeding Friesians or Herefords in my area. Our Holsteins are of course a result of crossing the American Holstein back onto our British Friesians.
What a pity it is all going down the pan because we are not receiving the same funding as other EU countries. It is even more upsetting when you think we have the best market in the EU + the worst prices.